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Funding Programs - Unique Funding Opportunities

The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton has a number of funding programs to assist not-for-profit organizations in addition to the current Funded Organizations in Sarnia-Lambton.

These additional funding programs include:

  • Venture Grants; 5 - 10% of each campaign is budgeted for Venture Grants each year.
  • Community Response Grants; up to ½% of the campaign total each year.
  • Donor Option
  • Strategic Sponsorships  (Maximium of $2,000 for non-fundraising events)  Call the United Way for more information  519-336-5452.

Venture Grant Program

The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton recognizes the importance of responding quickly to needs as they arise in our community. The Venture Grant Program is available year round to community service groups.

Types of Projects Supported

  1. New Services: Start up funds to carry a new service through the development stages until a permanent funding base is sought.
  2. Services not previously funded by the United Way: Any eligible service provider may apply for Venture Grant funding for a specific program that addresses the goals within the three Community Impact areas set by the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton.
  3. Service providers can receive Venture Grant funding for a maximum of three years.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Funding is available to Community Service Providers throughout Sarnia-Lambton whose services fit within the United Way Impact areas:
    • Healthy, Safe, and Independent Seniors
    • Empowering and Strengthening Self Sustaining Families
    • Healthy, Resilient, Successful Kids
  2. The Statement of the Specific Community Need for the project must be established based on United Way's program funding policies.
  3. The proposal for the project must utilize the Program Outcome Evaluation Model
  4. Program Outcome Measures/Indicators need to be identified to measure Program Outcomes/Impacts.
  5. Program Outcome Measures/Indicators need to be identified to measure Program Outcomes/Impacts.
  6. The maximum funding a program can receive is $30,000 annually.

Expectations of Funded Projects

  1. The United Way and the service provider will agree upon at least two (2) Program Outcome Measurement Tools.
  2. The proposal must be followed through as outlined at the time of acceptance.
  3. Funds will be used for operating purposes only.
  4. Program and budget information must be provided as required by United Way.
  5. The United Way Logo must be publicly displayed on all promotional materials for the program funded through the Venture Grant Program in order to strengthen public identification of both the United Way and the service provided.

How to Apply
Before completing the application, please contact Pamela Bodkin, Community Investment and Finance Director at the United Way office, (519) 336-5452 Ext. 5 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your project in detail.

If your agency would like to apply to the Venture Grant Program, please see the online Venture Grant Application Form - Coming Soon.

The Community Response Grants
The purpose of the Community Response grants is to assist an agency which may suddenly find itself in an emergency situation; an agency which needs a small amount of funding immediately to take care of a certain, one time problem.

Strategic Sponsorhips 

The purpose of the Strategic Sponsorship grants is to assist an agency or program with an event of occaision whereby they want to educate or provide a new skill to individuals in our community.  The maximum grant is $2,000 per year and is for non-fundraising events such as information fairs, workshops, gatherings, etc. that support the values and misssion of the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton, and consistent with the three United Way impact areas.